INDIANAPOLIS — Former Indianapolis Colts longsnapper Matt Overton is offering to buy the season tickets from fans who are angry over the Andrew Luck news so he can donate them to kids in the hospital.
Colts nation was shocked when news spread during the fourth quarter of the team's preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Saturday. Luck officially announced he would be retiring from the NFL during the post-game press conference.
"This is not an easy decision. It's the hardest decision of my life," Luck said at the press conference.
Colts fans weren't happy with the news, and some even booed the quarterback as he made his way off the field at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday night. Since then, angry fans have been demanding refunds for the season tickets they purchased before Luck's retirement was announced.
In response to those fans, Overton, who played for the Indianapolis Colts from 2012 to 2016, posted to Twitter that he would buy the season tickets from any angry Colts fans so he could donate them to patients at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis and their families.
"I'm serious," Overton said.
To any angry Colts season ticket holders who are seeking a refund,
I’d be more than happy to buy your season tix off of you & donate them to @RileyChildrens patients & their families. I’m serious.
— Matt Overton (@MattOverton_LS) August 26, 2019
This isn't the first time Overton has shown love to Riley Children's Hospital.
When the Jackson Jaguars played the Indianapolis Colts in 2017, Overton donned a pair of bright pink cleats that read "Thank You Indy" in gold alongside the symbol for children's cancer awareness. In 2018, he donned a similar pair of brightly colored cleats bearing the Riley Children's name when the Colts and Jaguars met in Florida.
Honored to wear these cleats tomorrow for Riley Hospital, pediatric cancer awareness & in loving memory of Kadyn, Leah, Daija & Brianna💜💛 pic.twitter.com/KFIu1HEN5h
— Matt Overton (@MattOverton_LS) October 21, 2017
Overton was a staple on the Indianapolis Colts from 2012 until he was cut from the team back in May. He was also part of the team's "Fourth Down Army."